LULAC News Autumn 2014

Read the entire issue that features Dayan Bernal and her work with Teens Act: Driving a Brighter Future

Utah Valley Magazine March 2014 

"Dayan was the first in her family to graduate from college. Now she empowers students to reach their own potential through Teens ACT, a 7-year-old organization that helps students on the brink of dropping out of high school to switch gears and prepare for the ACT. She sees herself as a 'peaceful defender for at-risk teens by helping school and community leaders see that our students can succeed.'"

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Univision 32 February 2013

Click here to watch Univision 32's segment on Teens Act.


McKay Today News December 11, 2012

“This is [an] opportunity for future teachers to have practical experience with students who may sometimes feel like a burden to other teachers or schools, but who desire individual love and attention and have so much to offer.”

Click here to read the full article, Teens Act: Teacher Preparation and Service.


UVU Review September 3, 2012

After being awarded a grant at the Social Summit held in early August, Teens Act, a non-profit organization based in Provo, Utah, will move to the UVU Business Resource Center this fall.

“What they’re doing serves a very important niche in our community that isn’t really filled by anybody,” said Luke Peterson, director of corporate and community partnerships at UVU.

Click here to read the entire article, Moving up: nonprofit will move to UVU this fall.

Mallory Black


Deseret News

“Students also quickly learned that Bernal was personally invested in their success, said Darin Eckton, Bernal’s thesis adviser and the then-assistant director of the BYU’s Multicultural Student Services. ‘She gave countless hours to bless the lives of these students — I think they felt that,’ Eckton said. ‘She’s going to go a long way with her passion and desire to serve others.’’’

Sarah Hartly 

Read the entire article: BYU grad works with at-risk Latino students to focus on education


CNN (Comcast Newsmakers on TV)

“Teens Act prepares students to go to college […]. Their objective is not just to get students into college, but help students find a way to pay for it!”

Don Olsen



The Salt Lake Tribune May 3, 2010

“For years, the best minds in education have pondered how to get more Latino students to attend college. [Dayan] Bernal may have found an answer. Bernal designed and taught a college prep course for Latino sophomores at Provo High School. Now, 17 out of her 25 students are in college.”

Click here to read the entire article, Former BYU student changes teens' lives.

Lisa Schencker

BYU News

"'I didn’t really expect that I was going to go to college,' Guanuna said. 'I would think about it, but my grades were so bad, I didn’t really have hope for it. [Dayan] started talking to us and showing us all these opportunities. She opened up the door. She showed us we could make it.'"

 Read the entire article by Joe Hadfield: College material: BYU student prepped local Latinos for higher ed